The NHL's Central Scouting today revealed its final rankings for the 2012 draft, and five Alaskans were listed among North American skaters and goaltenders.
Being listed does not guarantee a player will be drafted among the 200+ players who will be selected June 22-23 in Pittsburgh -- remember, European skaters and goalies are rated on another list.
Still, here's where the Alaskans sit in the final rankings (we've included their mid-term ranking by Central Scouting and their stats this season):
Brian Cooper, D, Anchorage: Ranked 68th among North American skaters in the final rankings (down from 51st at mid-term); 6-17--23 and +16 totals in 54 games with Fargo Force of U.S. Hockey League. Cooper is headed to Nebraska-Omaha as a true freshman in the fall.
Hunter Fejes, LW, Anchorage: Ranked 91st among North American skaters in the final rankings (up from 111th at mid-term); 38-40--78 totals in 55 games for Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.), a prep school that produces talent galore; led team in goals, second in points, helped Sabres to USA Hockey 18-and under Tier I national championship earlier this month. Headed to Colorado College as a true freshman in the fall.
Austin Wuthrich, RW, Anchorage: Ranked 94th among North American skaters in the final rankings (down from 73rd at mid-term); 7-10--17 and +5 totals in 36 games as a true freshman at Notre Dame.
Josh Hanson, D, Eagle River: Ranked 102nd among North American skaters in the final rankings (up from 149th at mid-term); 0-13--13 and +6 totals in 72 regular-season games for Portland of the Western Hockey League; 0-0--0 and +3 in six playoff games (all wins) so far.
Stephon Williams, G, Fairbanks: Ranked 34th among North American goaltenders in final rankings (down from 23rd at mid-term); 15-15-4 for Waterloo (current club) and Sioux Falls of USHL, with 2.79 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and two shutouts. Headed to Minnesota State-Mankato in the fall.